Terry Lee (Toad) Hanson


April 28, 1949 - March 14, 2017


Terry Lee "Toad" Hanson was born April 28, 1949, in Mitchell, SD to Willard and Myrtle (Foster) Hanson. He attended school in Alexandria until the 5th grade when he moved with his parents to Mitchell. He graduated in 1967 from Mitchell High School.

He moved to Chicago in the early 1970s and later to Colorado before returning to Mitchell. He was an avid sports fan, a great athlete in his younger years, and loved to fish for walleye in the Missouri River.

On September 9, 1984, he married Gloria Cofer at their home in Mitchell. He worked various construction jobs and at Fullerton Lumber Company before taking a job in the maintenance department at Dakota Wesleyan University. He retired from DWU in 2005 after 14 years.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria, Mitchell, SD; a daughter, Crystal (Jeff) Moore, Mitchell, SD; a son, Jesse (Jennifer) Hanson, Loomis, SD; grandchildren:  Connor, Christian, Caleb and Caden Moore, Maddison Hanson and Gavin Franks; a brother, DeWayne Hanson, Mitchell, SD; a sister, Millie (Ray) Fischer, Parkston, SD; two sisters-in-law, Marie Hanson, Alexandria and Linda (Jim) Preacher, Springville, CA; and brother-in-law, Jim (Susan) Cofer, Salem, OR . He is also survived by four special nephews: DeWayne, Del, Darrell and Dave Renken as well as many other nieces, nephews and old friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Renken; three brothers: Delton, Robert and Donald Hanson; and a grandson, Nathaniel, in infancy.


Sunday, March 19, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, March 20, 2017
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Bill Schoppert on April 4, 2017
God speed my old friend.
Posted by Chuck & Nancy McPeek on March 19, 2017
Gloria and family so sorry for your loss .You will be In our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Donna Peterson Long on March 19, 2017
Terry had a heart of gold, loved to visit, hard worker. praying for you Gloria. will miss him.
Posted by Jeff Leuning on March 19, 2017
Gloria and family. I am sorry for your loss. I've known both of you for years. I would run into Terry here and there, he seemed to be always smiling and loved to talk about his grandchildren. He was a great guy. Rest in peace old friend.
Posted by Mark and Carol Limberg on March 19, 2017
So sorry to hear about the loss of Terry. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Tim Kurtenbach on March 19, 2017
I recall many enjoyable nights and early morning hours playing pinochle and euchre with
Terry and friends. I especially remember that Terry usually had only good things to say about people. I think he coined the phrase, "They're Good People". He will be in out thoughts for many more years!
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on March 18, 2017

We send our Sympathy to the Hanson & Renken families. May all the Good Memories of life with Terry bring you Comfort & Peace all the days.
Posted by Bruce Livesay on March 18, 2017
Travel well old friend.
Posted by Tonya Moore on March 17, 2017
What a great guy He is going to be missed . So sorry for your loss. :(
Posted by Yvonne Holmes Mccue on March 16, 2017
in 1964 my dad was transferred to Mitchell with Geo. Hormel. I meet Terry at school and he was a fun loving guy that made me feel like more part of the group rather than the wall flower new gal in town from the big city. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on March 16, 2017
You all are in our prayers at this hard time . Terry was a great guy and will be missed by all that was blessed to know him . So sorry for your loss .
Posted by Vicki Phillips on March 16, 2017
Sorry for your loss Terry was always nice to talk to.
Posted by Nevada Weber on March 16, 2017
So sorry for your loss, fond memories working with "Toad" at DWU tell Jesse hi 😢
Posted by Lori Cudmore Durst Grovenburg on March 16, 2017
Gloria and family - I'm so very sorry for your loss. I've known you and Terry for many many years, many fun memories for sure. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on March 16, 2017
Gloria and family we extend our deepest sympathy, may God grant you strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Shelly Degen on March 16, 2017
Gloria and family I am so sorry for your loss Terry was a great guy when I was little he was just like a big brother to me, We did have a great talk the day before he passes so happy for that if you need anything please feel free to call us.
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